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Spring Break and Travel Insurance

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Travel insurance and spring breakYou may think it's too late to buy travel insurance for spring break, but it's not. Find out what benefits your clients can get with last-minute travel insurance.

Must-Visit Destinations for 2017

Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life FTAs you plan your clients' trips for 2017, keep these destinations in mind.

RoamRight's expert travel bloggers created this list of must-visit destinations for the new year.

A Detailed Tour Of The RoamRight Mobile App

Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Take a tour of the RoamRight mobile appYour clients are more connected than ever before. Use the RoamRight travel insurance app to encourage them to choose RoamRight travel insurance for their trip.

Want to know what's in the app? Watch our short webinar for more details.

Tips for Helping Your Travelers Plan Winter Trips

Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Skis are a pair of long narrow pieces of hard flexible material, typically pointed and turned up at the front, fastened under the feet for gliding over snow FTThe holiday season may already be here, but there is still plenty of time to plan winter travel. Read about how RoamRight's team of travel bloggers can help you plan a winter getaway for your clients.
Find out how to help your clients during a medical emergency abroadYour clients most likely do not have a hospital visit on the agenda for their trip abroad, but it is something that they - and you - should be prepared for in the event an unfortunate accident or sickness happens them while on the road.

Here we'll share what your clients should do to prepare for their trip and what to do during and after an emergency visit to the hospital.

Hot Destinations: Denmark

Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Travel agents love DenmarkDenmark is a country steeped in history as well as natural beauty, and is gaining the attention of international travelers. Danes consistently rank as some of the happiest citizens in the world, and their capital city, Copenhagen, is often described similar to Portland, Oregon: a mix of diverse geography, great food, and quirkiness. How quirky? They host events like World Pillow Fight Day every year.

Let’s explore more about Denmark, why your clients would want to visit, and how they can protect their trip with travel insurance.

Travel Insurance and Natural Disasters

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Travel insurance protects against natural disastersWhen planning a trip, the possibility of a natural disaster striking is often overlooked or minimized. Sure, your travelers might make contingency plans if they’re booking a Caribbean cruise during hurricane season or flying through Chicago during winter, but what about the disasters that aren’t predictable - like an earthquake or volcano? How can your travelers plan for those?

In short, make sure your clients have a good travel insurance policy that covers against natural disasters. The types of situations covered and the type of coverage itself will vary from provider to provider, so it’s important to understand the ins and outs of the policies you sell to your travelers.

Insure Your Holiday Travel Plans

Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Insure your holiday travels with RoamRight The holidays are a fun, but stressful, time of year, and holiday travel can be all of the stress without any of the fun. To help your clients protect their family togetherness time, as well as feel more festive, insurance can help protect them.

How To Help Travelers Plan a Trip to Iceland

Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Plan a Trip to IcelandIceland’s cool climate is getting a lot of hot attention right now. With the introduction of a low-cost airline offering non-stop, direct flights from many East Coast cities to Reykjavik, more travelers have Iceland in their horizon than ever before. 

Learnhow to help your travelers plan the perfect trip to the majestic country that is Iceland.

How to Help Travelers Book a Trip to Cuba

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cuba is a great place to visitSince the United States placed an embargo on Cuba in 1960, Cuba has been a bit of a mystery to U.S. travelers. Now, with travel and economic sanctions being eased, U.S. citizens can now legally travel to Cuba through certain channels.

Unlike booking travel to most other countries, sending travelers to Cuba is a bit different. Here are some helpful tips that travel agents should know in preparation for the American tourist rush to Cuba. 

Travel insurance for hurricanes should be purchased earlyUnlike other natural disasters, hurricanes are slightly more predictable and travelers can get information about the storm ahead of time. This makes travelers a bit more confident in their travel plans. However each year, RoamRight sees a handful of travelers who opted out of insurance – until it was too late.

If you have travelers going anywhere along the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean, they should be prepared.

Schengen Visa and Travel Insurance

Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Schengen Countries require travel insurance.If your travelers go to Europe, you’re probably very familiar with the Schengen Visa. Schengen countries allow travelers to go freely across borders.

RoamRight offers several plans that meet the requirements of the Schengen Visa. Find out how you can offer these travel insurance plans to your travelers.
Road trip insurance is a key part of driving vacationsRenting and driving a car in another country can be a scary experience no matter how experienced the traveler. The first time my husband and I traveled in Spain, we rented a car in Sevilla and drove to the village of Nerja on the Mediterranean, an area known as the Costa del Sol, or Coast of the Sun. It’s where I celebrated a significant birthday and life was good.

Until we were just a few miles from the Sevilla airport for our return flight home. Road construction forced four lanes of traffic into two via an army of orange barrels and cones. As we slowly merged into another lane, we clipped the side view mirror on an orange barrel, snapping it off and shattering the driver’s window.

What Your Clients Should Know About Train Travel

Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Follow these tips to give your travelers a great train vacation.Once while traveling in northern British Columbia, my train stop was a couple of cinder blocks and a piece of plywood, identified to passersby with a simple red flag. The lodge we were visiting was a few miles away and this was the most convenient transportation option. Lodge operators picked us up, literally out in the middle of nowhere, and the train picked us up there again a few days later. No airline would have been able to provide the service.

A New Travel Trend: Hut to Hut Hiking

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hut To Hut Hiking is popular in Switzerland. Plan a trip for your clients.Inspired by books like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and the movies based on these books starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Redford, and Nick Nolte, your clients may be asking about vacations where hiking is part of the experience.

The Zika Virus and the Travel Community

Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Caribbean IslandThe Zika virus is having a significant impact on the travel community. Honeymoons, babymoons, and vacations are all being rescheduled or postponed because of the fear of infection. In fact, our assistance provider, On Call International conducted a survey which found that up to 64% of Americans would cancel their trip because of the virus.

Is It Covered? II

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
questionThis post continues our series “Is it covered?” Carefully evaluating plan information and coverage to help assure travelers that they are protected for possible mishaps or issues specific to their circumstances is critical for travel professionals. In this series we will review different scenarios that may challenge your insurance knowledge, and in so doing sharpen your skills for assisting your travelers and determining the best coverage choices.

5 Ways to Reassure Your Travelers in an Uncertain World

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
5 Ways to Reassure TravelersIn the aftermath of Paris and other terrorist attacks, how do you reassure your travelers that it’s okay to keep traveling? This webinar can help you learn how to keep your clients traveling!

The Mobile Phone as a Travel Tool

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
cell phoneAccording to Pew Research*, as of October 2014, 90% of American adults own a cell phone. So how can you make supporting your travelers easier and their journeys proceed more smoothly by leveraging this piece of equipment? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel-related apps and a few other useful resources that you can share with your clients.

Is It Covered?

Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
questionIn an uncertain world, travelers purchase travel insurance to have peace of mind that they are covered financially and/or medically when they travel. In this series we will review different scenarios that may challenge your insurance knowledge, and in so doing sharpen your skills for assisting your travelers and determining the best coverage choices.

Senior Travelers and Travel Insurance

Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
An elderly woman looks forward to traveling to Norway.At almost 90 years old, Betty* was looking forward to her three-week trip to Norway. She was going to see the midnight sun, eat pickled herring, and venture into the Arctic Circle.A week into her trip, Betty developed a case of pneumonia. She experienced respiratory distress, was hospitalized, and put on a ventilator to help her breathe. Ultimately, she stayed in the hospital for 20 days before she was able to fly home via air ambulance. The cost of her evacuation? Almost $90,000.

Case Study - Medical Emergency in Italy

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A stroke in Italy cost one family almost $90,000.Imagine you have a client who decided to give his mom a birthday surprise with a vacation to Italy! The whole family is excited and the trip has been going exactly as planned. Then something happens that you’ll never forget: The mom has a stroke and is hospitalized. What would you do?

Mobile Passports And Your Travelers

Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Download this app for Mobile PassportsFive airports are testing mobile passports. If you or your travelers have gone through Seattle-Tacoma, San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, or Miami International, you may have seen them. The idea is to move travelers through customs faster by making the passport process digital. In fact, with a mobile passport, travelers can submit their information to customs as soon as they can use their cell phones upon landing. So how does it work?
Understanding travel insurance

In a perfect world, travelers might be required to take a test after buying travel insurance, just to be sure they know what they have.  Major misconceptions, leading to disappointment down the line when an inappropriate claim is made and rejected mightbe eliminated…if they could be forced to take that test.  Stop right there, and that strategy is riddled with customer un-friendly problems.  While sellers of travel might want to ensure that travelers understand their coverage, we all know that readingpolicies is about as interesting as watching paint dry.  Still, if those who sell travel protection do a good job of selling it in the first place, understanding comes naturally.

How Agents Can Work With Bloggers and Social Media

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
working with bloggers

Agents spend a great amount of time tending to existing clients. Indeed, that function is a big part of retaining those clients and the time is well spent. But what about identifying and gaining new clients?  How do agents today grow their business fortomorrow? Word-of-mouth recommendation from happy travelers goes a long way but is limited to a small circle of their friends. Traditional forms of advertising might bring potential clients but the return on that investment is often elusive. Still, thosetraditional methods of engaging existing and potential clients are well defined as opposed to the vast, unknown world of the Internet, social media and blogging, right? Actually, ‘wrong’ is the correct answer, as mainstream business is finding its placein cyberspace.

Don't Let Travel Insurance be an Afterthought

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Protect your trip with travel insurance

For many travel agents and tour operators, it seems like offering travel insurance is a postscript – it’s presented as an add-on once the trip is booked. In the same way someone may say: Would you like fries with that?, you can hear it being said: Would you like travel insurance with that?

Trust us – this is not the most effective way to sell travel insurance.

How Smartphones Have Changed The Travel Industry

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Train smartphone

It was not all that long ago that phones were anything but smart.  Simply a device to communicate with others, they were indeed used to call travel agents, airlines, hotels and others to arrange elements of travel. Today, we can and do use smarter phones to do all of the above, often more efficiently than before.

What to Do When Crisis Hits Your Client's Trip

Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
travel crisis cancelledHaving travel protection provides a bit of security to travelers, knowing if something goes wrong and that something is covered, things will turn out better for them.  Still, travelers don’t want anything to go wrong. But, the mere fact that they bought travel protection in the first place can be a measure of how important it is to them that everything goes smoothly.
RoamRight helps in an emergency

You never know when a medical emergency will occur, and when you rely on Medicare for insurance, understanding your coverage is essential before you travel internationally.

The Travel Insurance Critical Point

Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The title of this article suggests that there is a perfect time in the selling process for travel agents to recommend buying travel insurance, and indeed there is. But no one formula for success will convert that effort into a sale. That process begins well before the booking even occurs.

To try slipping in “Shall I add the travel insurance?” when gathering required booking details works well for some travel agents. They are happy with their results and see no reason to change what works. But I would almost guarantee you that the percentage of clients taking them up on the offer is far less than agents who make a point of going about the entire topic of travel insurance in a more engaging way.

Starting on May 1, 2018, all travelers to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands will need to have health insurance. This is how RoamRight can help. 

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